Student taught at Richland County High School, Olney, Illinois
Agriculture Teacher at Farmington High School, Farmington, IL
Jacob knew early in life he wanted to pursue a career in agriculture, but it was when he had the opportunity to teach others in high school and be actively involved in FFA that he discovered his true love for agricultural education. As a former Illinois Association State FFA Officer, Jacob was very active at multiple levels of the FFA and achieved a great deal of success. He said agricultural education is “the perfect way to combine my passion for agriculture and teaching”.
So far, Jacob says his favorite part of studying Agricultural Education at the University of Illinois is the diversity of class instruction. He has a great appreciation for the interactive lessons and the positive learning atmosphere provided in his Ag Ed courses. He continues by adding, “the more inviting and close environment is what I really enjoy.” His advice for future students is to get involved and be organized! “Being involved helps introduce you to new people and ideas. This also helps with networking and building relationships, which will be beneficial in the future when you enter the workforce.” He also emphasizes the importance of staying organized to be able to successfully juggle class, club activities, and other important aspects of life to help relieve the stress of college life. In his spare time, Jacob enjoys drawing and running in 5K events.
Jacob is originally from southwestern Illinois where he grew up on a corn and soybean farm. He also raised and showed Shorthorn beef cattle, rabbits, and Boer goats for 4-H. He also spent time during high school milking Holstein cattle on a local dairy farm.